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Son Tops Dad in Cherry Pit Spitting

July 8, 2002

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EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) _ The Young Gun was a little better than the Pellet Gun.

Rick ``Pellet Gun″ Krause _ a 12-time winner of the annual Cherry Pit Spitting Championship _ was defeated by his eldest son, Brian ``Young Gun″ Krause on Saturday.

Brian Krause, 24, spit a cherry pit 61 feet, 2 inches to beat his 48-year-old father, who topped out at 55 feet, 10 inches.

Rick Krause’s youngest son, 19-year-old Matt ``BB Gun″ Krause, was third with a distance of 45 feet, 2 1/2 inches.

``This is the first time we ever did that,″ Brian Krause said of the one-two-three finish. Brian’s son, Braden Krause, won the under-5 division with a spit of 14 feet, 4 inches.

The Krauses have come to embrace their status as pit-spitting royalty. Rick Krause appeared for his turn to spit wearing bright red tights and riding a sparkling purple motorcycle as rock music played in the background.

He also signed ``Pellet Gun Krause″ trading cards and posed for photos with fans prior to the contest.

``Cherry pit spitting is like a good sneeze. They’re both therapeutic,″ said Herb Teichman, owner of the event’s site, the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm.